Featured on this programme from Gábor Káli and the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra are a colourful musical tableau of visual force, a piano concerto interwoven with refined emotionality and a powerful orchestral composition that is simultaneously grotesque and overwhelmingly passionate. The soloist for the evening will be Dénes Várjon, with whom we have met several times playing the concertos of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Bartók. Chopin's youthful piano concertos, on the other hand, he plays less often, so the audience can expect more than the usual level of excitement at this concert.
The last time Várjon partnered with the Radio Orchestra to play Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor was more than a decade ago, when he pointed out the chamber music elements built into the work's structure. The composition is one of the young Chopin's masterpieces, premièred by the composer himself when he was still living in Poland. After one of the first performances, the renowned Polish publicist Maurycy Mochnacki wrote, "Wonderful and bold transitions that adapt to the nature of the in...struments and bear the vivid colours of feelings and fire, as well as the power that masterfully forms it all into a whole - these are the main features of the composition.” Contemporary audiences reacted with special sensitivity - in Paris just as much as in Warsaw - to the Polish colouring of the work. The most popular piece of the symphonic cycle (My Homeland) by Czech composer Bedřich Smetana - as a child, Bartók would experiment with a similar theme in his composition The Course of the Danube - paints a portrait of the River Vltava from its source to the point where it flows into the Elbe.
Presented by: Hungarian Radio Art Groups
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